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Simple Minds / Sparkle in the Rain five disc super deluxe edition box

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Simple Minds‘ sixth studio album Sparkle in the Rain will be reissued in March 2015 across a number of formats including a five-disc super deluxe edition box set.

The Steve Lillywhite produced album, released in 1984, features the iconic single Waterfront and saw the band embrace a rockier, more stadium friendly sound after the new wave pop of New Gold Dream.

The album has been newly remastered and the super deluxe box set will feature a disc of single edits, B-sides and extended mixes as well as a further two CDs that include 13 tracks performed Live at Barrowlands in Glasgow in 1984 and a trio of BBC Radio One sessions from 1983.

Additionally, a DVD will include a brand new Steven Wilson 5.1 surround sound remix of the album, a new stereo mix and all three promo videos (Waterfront, Speed Your Love To Me, Up On The Catwalk) as well as a few TV appearances.

If the box is more than you require, there will be a two-CD deluxe edition, a new vinyl version and a blu-ray audio with the 5.1 mix.

Sparkle in the Rain will be reissued on 16 March 2015.


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Track listing

Disc: 1

1. Up On The Catwalk
2. Book Of Brilliant Things
3. Speed Your Love To Me
4. Waterfront
5. East At Easter
6. Street Hassle
7. White Hot Day
8. “C” Moon Cry Like A Baby
9. The Kick Inside Of Me
10. Shake Off The Ghosts

Disc: 2

1. Waterfront (Edit)
2. Hunter And The Hunted (Live B – Side)
3. Waterfront (Extended Remix)
4. Speed Your Love To Me (Edit)
5. Bass Line (B – Side)
6. Speed Your Love To Me (Extended)
7. Up On The Catwalk (Edit)
8. A Brass Band in Africa (B – Side)
9. Up On The Catwalk (Extended)
10. A Brass Band in Africa Chimes (B – Side)
11. Waterfront (Single Version)

Disc: 3

1. Shake Off The Ghosts [Intro] (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
2. Waterfront (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
3. Up On The Catwalk (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
4. The Book Of Brilliant Things (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
5. Glittering Prize (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
6. The American (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
7. King Is White And In The Crowd (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
8. Speed Your Love To Me (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
9. Someone Somewhere In Summertime (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)

Disc: 4

1. Promised You A Miracle (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
2. Big Sleep (LIVE – Barrowlands Glasgow 1984)
3. New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) [Live] – Take Me To The River [Live]
4. Love Song [Live] – Glory [Live] (LIVE
5. Waterfront (Radio One Session)
6. Kick Inside (Radio One Session)
7. New Gold Dream (Radio One Session)

Disc 5

  • • Sparkle in the Rain 5.1 Surround Mix
  • • Sparkle in the Rain New Stereo Mix
  • • Waterfront (Promo Video)
  • • Speed Your Love To Me (Promo Video)
  • • Up On The Catwalk (Promo Video)
  • • Waterfront (TOTP)
  • • Speed Your Love (Oxford Road Show)
  • • Up On The Catwalk (Oxford Road Show)

 


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Paul Johnston

I’ve just won this in a competition.

I’m in two minds. It’s still sealed. Do I sell it and plead ignorance to its faults or do I open it and try to get the replacement DVD and booklet thereby losing it’s “mint” condition? I could keep it but I’m more of a New Gold Dream-era SM fan.

Trevor

Hi Paul,

Universal music direct now have this box reduced to £14.99
https://greatofferstore.com/*/Boxset-Offers/Sparkle-In-The-Rain-Super-Deluxe-Edition-Box-Set/3MCM065C000

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Paul

So someone…anyone please help me understand Universal’s logic here. First I spend $48.00 US acquiring this box set from Amazon Germany. Next, I discover misprints in the documents and grave errors in the DVD mastering. AND, wait for it…NOW I have to package up the booklet(s) + DVD and mail it all the way to the London in hopes of a replacement?! How is this customer service? Forget about quality control because there was none. It’s shameful to ask an already inconvenienced customer to spend more money to ship a defected product back to the manufacturer in attempts to be made “whole” again. I don’t want to this to be a rant of sorts but seriously- I spend thousands of dollars on music every year having just bought BOTH Tears For Fears’ super deluxe sets from UMC. This is why people “torrent” I suppose and I’m the fool who buys music legally and legitimately only to be let down by the artist’s label who could care less about the content and customer experience. I’m tempted to just dispute this on my credit card, obtain a full a refund, and let UMC have at my not so Super Deluxe Misprinted Badly Mastered Box set. Calming down now and hope the other people effected by this share some of my opinions here.

Mark

just had another email from another person at Universal saying the following.

“Thanks for your email regarding the Simple Minds ‘Sparkle In The Rain’ box set, we are aware of the problems with the DVD rest assured this is being addressed as a matter of urgency.
We are in the process of reworking the DVD and will be sending out replacement versions as soon as possible
Please send your faulty DVD (And booklet which missed the last paragraph out) to the following address, with a return address for the replacement
Simple Minds Returns 5th Floor
UMC 364-366 Kensington High Street
London
W14 8NS
Thank you for your patience”

Mark

Just thought I’d let you know I just got a response from my email regarding the issues with the DVD/booklet to the Universal email address posted by John Thomson. This was the reply…

“Hello,

Thanks for getting in contact.

Please accept our apologies, this is currently been passed onto the label and we will advise once we have more information.

Many thanks,”

Daniele Paladini

sorry i thought the comments on top were the most recent ones, got it…

Daniele Paladini

is it my player or the sw stereo mix is actually in mono???

Derek Murray

Thanks guys Nice One

John Thomson

Neither. I’ve used this email address in the past and had some success, so I attached receipt from Amazon.de, and fingers crossed replacements will be sent out when they are ready…

mk.customerservices@umusic.com

Derek Murray

I got my box from Amazon France.. How will i go about getting a replacement? Its impossible to get Universals email address so Amazon looks to be the only option just now, but what i found strange was when my box was delivered it came in an Amazon UK box and had a UK post mark as if it had been sent from the UK.. So should i get in contact with the UK site or the French equivelant?

Andy

Derek, I also got mine from Amazon France and was wondering how to go about getting a replacement dvd. The Universal email address I used when contacting them for a replacement the 2nd Junk Culture disc was mk.customerservices@umusic.com. So it may be worth contacting them before getting in touch with Amazon UK or FR.

Neil

Just read this on burning sheds webstore ***We have been made aware of a fault on the Blu-Ray. A new disc is being made and we will start selling again once we receive replacements. If you have ordered this from us we will automatically send you a replacement Blu-Ray disc when we get them. You do not need to return anything*** The same applies to the box set at least they had had the sense to stop selling them unlike Amazon.

Steff De Vos

Can anyone please tell me for certain if the Blu Ray is unaffected from the mono issue?
Thanks
Steff

Neil

People are still saying the Blu-ray stereo mixes are in mono i wouldn’t risk buying it. Universal are certainly following in EMIs footsteps regarding screw ups you just wonder how these people get jobs seriously.

John Thomson

That’s interesting to know, Stuart. My ears couldn’t really tell the difference at first, only concentrated listening made me conclude that the bass was different.

In any case, the EAC/iTunes stats for the song timings and db levels would indicate a different master.

The project co-ordinator, Simon Cornwell on the Yahoo group states that all the master tapes were pulled out for this release, including the remixes and the B-Sides.

If the 2002 had simply been repressed (like the first 5 Albums in the X5 box set with the bonus tracks tacked on), the timings and db levels would be identical. This suggests more than just a level shifted tweaked interpretation of the 2002.

John Thomson

One final comment on the DVD as I’m all Sparkled out now and need to get a life…

White Hot Day and Kick Inside have been incorrectly indexed, including a couple of seconds of the preceding track on all three mixes.

The background also inexplicably shifts position slightly when skipping from Waterfront, to East At Easter and then on to Street Hassle.

As for Disc one, all players differ, but the total playing time is 45:00 on the 2015, and 44:59 on the 2002. Wish I’d noticed that on Monday, so all this painstaking dissection could have been avoided!

That’s (probably) my last word on the matter…

Stuart

Taking a step back from my earlier comment re the disc 1 source;

Yes the booklet does credit each track as 2002 (as does iTunes), however I sat down to listen to disc 1 of the SDE back-to-back tonight with the 2002 remaster and noticed the following – the overall disc timing differs and is shorter than the 2002 version (typical evidence of a remaster, as they are generally speeded up through the process – not enough to ‘hear’ but enough to reflect in accurate track timings)

I used Speed Your Love as my test track and played it back-to-back (on a good quality system) the new disc 1 is noticeably less cluttered with better instrument separation and clearer top end than the 2002 disc. Also in a blind test with a non fan, they noticed that the new disc sounded better.

I didn’t use any kind of analyser, aside from ears, so this wasn’t hugely scientific, however I’d now wager that disc 1 of the SDE is a new version.

I am now also fed up hearing Speed Your Love over and over and over!

Barrie Sillars

I haven’t compared the new CD against the previous remaster, which I think was done by Simon Heyworth. Whatever the actual contents, the box could have been clearer on the matter. They should have stated on the disc or somewhere in the text something like 2015 Remaster. There is a 2002 publishing credit in the track listing within the booklet which may be causing the confusion. I am sure it is a new master, but the 2002 one was pretty good, so it would be hard to make such a marked improvement that it would so noticeable.

John Thomson

Having compared iTunes rips side by side between the 2002 disc and the first disc of the 2015 box set, they appear to be different masterings, despite the booklet stating a 2002 credit (?)

The exact song timings are different (eg BOBT 4:22.88 vs 4:22.973) and the db levels (eg. TKIOM -9.5 vs -11.3). They sound pretty much identical to these ears, the exception being the bass is slightly more defined and less murky and boomy than the 2002, but I think Disc one of the Super Deluxe is a new master. Don’t know about the 1 or two disc editions.

It’s all very interesting!

Mychael

Maybe not as interesting as the ‘real’ mistakes – but why is Mel Gaynor’s name omitted from the writing credits? The original vinyl (incl. the singles) saw him credited along with the other band members. And the new liner notes repeatedly stress his crucial input in writing and recording.

Barrie Sillars

There does seem to be a catalogue of issues with this release. Spelling mistakes, formatting, missing paragraphs, uncertainty of what master CD1 is and the stereo mix on the DVD. The last time I have come across such a list of errors was with the ELP deluxe editions of Brain Salad Surgery and Pictures at an Exhibition. Those were done by Universal too!

Andy

Apparently the BluRay disc has the same problem with the stereo mix…?? In any case this is the last time I buy a re-issue from Universal (or anyone else really) without first reading a large number of reviews that certify the quality of the product.

Eric

The single-disc edition of this 2015 release credits Abbey Road for remastering, and there’s no mention of 2002 anywhere. So I very much doubt the new CD1 is meant to be the 2002 remaster, which means either incorrect data going to the retail sites, or…perish the thought…they’ve included the wrong version in the SDE box!

Mark

I ripped the audio disc 1 into itunes and the levels are different to those of the 2002 disc which I also own, so i’m not sure it is the same as the 2002 disc. Cout it be the data given to itunes , spotify etc has assumed its the 2002 remaster. Has anybody else tested the levels against the 2002 remaster?

Andy

Do Universal have any kind of quality control? They would be forgiven if this was only a budget release, but they’re expecting us hardcore SM fans to shell out £40+ for a product that falls short. After the recent Junk Culture 2nd cd cock-up you would have thought they’d have had some sort of ‘lessons learnt’ meeting. Obviously not! While I would like to commend Universal on their endeavours to get these type of releases out for us fans who really appreciate them. At the same time it should done with more due care and attention.

John Thomson

It only cost me £34.75 including shipping from Amazon Germany. Much better than £46.99 from Amazon UK, or £40 from the SM shop.

As mentioned, the booklet is incomplete as the sleeve notes cut off at the end when discussing “Brass Band”, and the odd typo.
“Bruce Findaly” anyone!

Using the previously available 2002 remaster for the main disc is just lazy, when expecting fans to shell out nearly 50 quid for an album they’ve already bought several times over, when this could have been replaced with the new Abbey Road master. Universal have paid to have surround and stereo mixes created. Why not use them?

As already mentioned, the high resolution stereo mix on the DVD is all mixed to the centre channel, and is obviously a manufacturing error as the Bluray is also affected.

Agreed that after the OMD cock up on the latest deluxe, someone at Universal really should have checked these things before sending to retail.

Having said that, the DTS 5.1 is fabulous!

Neil

I would have bought the deluxe edition but finding out they have just used 2002 remaster for the main album they can get stuffed. Then i thought i would buy the Blu-ray but now i’m hearing that the stereo mix on that is screwed up the same as the DVD.

Derek Murray

So how do we go about getting replacement dvd discs? I’m pissed off about Universal using the 2002 remaster for the 1st disc and now there is all sorts of errors with the Steven Wilson disc. My surround system is out of action just now so I can only listen in stereo. But the SW mix is so much better than the original Lillywhite mix.

Stuart

I’ve been waiting for this expectantly since it was announced and I’m gutted at how poor the quality is;

The Book – this is incomplete as the last page before the credits finishes mid sentence. Also the text on most of the pages is not square on the page. (Plus I’ve read the main body of the text already….)

The DVD – as noted elsewhere, if you select the HR Stereo mix, it’s actually in mono.

So one my favourite albums in a long awaited format and upgrade needs a new book and DVD disc. Anybody know how to move this along?

Thomas Braun

You paid so many for the Box and the DVD-Audio is crap.
No Stereo mix complete mono, the 5.1 sound to be right but i have
doubts. Have yet not the time to listen it out completly.
Hope Universal will make a change and we get a correct DVD-Audio.
What about the Blu-Ray is there all correct on it?

Barrie Sillars

As I commented on elsewhere the multichannel is fine on the DVD, sounds really good, even when folded down to stereo on headphones. However, switch to stereo and everything is in the centre, i.e. mono. How do these errors get through? Does no one check the discs prior to production? Because, I assume we are probably looking at replacement discs somewhere down the line as for me the big selling point for the box was the hi res stereo mix by Steven Wilson. Apart from that it is a great package and I do hope Universal do more, I just hope they can get their QA department sorted out.

Neil

People are saying that the DVD is mono and not stereo on the steve hoffman forums. Another cock up by Universal if true after that OMD debarcle.

Thomas Braun

My BOX was coming last Friday (13th March),
the remaster sounds great, and today after work i will have a listen at the Steve Wilson mixes.

Spencer

Wasn’t there a special promo US edit of Waterfront? I don’t see it listed above. Or am I mistaken? I believe I have a copy of it or at least an mp3 of it somewhere.

Mark

According to iTunes the CD is the 2002 remaster and not the Wilson mix; can someone confirm this?

Stuart

Without wanting to doubt you; are you sure CD1 is a new remaster as the book credits each of the disc 1 tracks as 2002?

This contradicts the sticker on the box that notes 4 CDs of newly mastered audio

Mar Mixa

Just ordered the Super Deluxe version at grooves-inc paying GBP 28.35, free shipping. Still at GBP 44 at amazon.co.uk at this time of writing.

Mark

Is there a Wilson stereo mix at all? apart from the 5.1?

Tim Barton

Very pleased to see this get the price slash for online buyers here in Japan! Best deal is from Amazon Japan, going for around ¥5600 or just a bit more. HMV Japan and Tower Japan have comparable pricing, but Amazon is the lowest! Just ordered it!

Phil Wilson

Today (2nd Feb) you can get this on http://www.amazon.es for under 40 euros, so £30 + postage – way cheaper than amazon.co.uk

Ben

Sparkle has the dynamics of SM live sound, much more so than NGD in my opinion, although NGD is their masterpiece work and my all time favorite album. Been hoping for a decent remaster / deluxe re-issue of Sparkle, since it has become a left out from NGD in 5.1 DVD from 2004, and the 5×5 box from 2012.
Can’t wait to listen to 5.1 of White Hot Day, or Waterfront. I would have liked to have the alternative re-mixes of Waterfront, Brass Band In African Chimes and Speed Your Live To Me done in 5.1 as well, and have the mix authorized or supervised by Mr. Lylliwhite, but hey you can’t have it all.
It will be interesting to see which other SM album will get such 5.1 / deluxe treatment.. Maybe Sons, which in my opinion is THE signature SM album that defines their sound.

Rob Puricelli

Paul,

I was wondering if you could clarify something about the 5.1 mix.

In the description of the box set, it mentions hi-res, but it seems to suggest that the DVD is a DVD Video disc as opposed to a DVD Audio disc. Can you confirm what format this disc is? Is it like the TFF SFTBC box where the 5.1 mix was on a lossless, hi-res DVD Audio disc?

If not, I’ll most likely go for the Blu Ray instead.

Thanks in advance :-)

Rob.

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Morgan

This album has always sounded mud, original uk vinyl, 2002 remastered cd, even the tracks off this album on the best of sacd sound murky and awful

Maybe this will be the one to finally get a decent mastering or will it be 24 bit mud? :/

And the obvious choice for the next Simple Minds deluxe treatment is Sons & Fascination which I personally think is their best effort ;)

gary C

Hi Paul
there is an option to order the blu-ray on its own that I have just been pointed towards by the Dream Giver curator, Simon C

Neil

It’s on Amazon UK priced at £19.99.

Ron de Joode

A remastered version and rerelease of all the volumes of the Themes-series would be more interesting than an extended version with some live recordings …

negative1

the themes were rereleased in 2008, along with an extra box of themes from real life:
http://www.discogs.com/Simple-Minds-Themes-Volumes-1-5-March-79-September-92/release/1804276

Neil

They weren’t remastered though.

negative1

The tracks were fine as is, and didn’t need it.

william

A lot of hard to please people on here

thegreatelephant

exactly my first thought. why not NGD first? still, it’s a fine album.

DJ Control

I’m in SM Heaven.

patjoller

according to simon from dream giver, there are more reissues in the pipeline…. let’s hope for a mega once upon a time deluxe box set and a better street fighting years one, with the full uncut verona concert….

David

This package looks reasonable although the live tracks are the only exclusive material (apart from the Steve Wilson remix). Not much news about the booklet. Does not contain a comprehensive review of the period?

Mark

I like the trend being set here by Universal with 24/96 stereo mixes appearing on single blu ray discs that can be bought separately, but they should also be available for download. I know HDTracks has SFTBC but does not have The Hurting or either Simple Minds DVD-A mixes.

Mark

I’d love to hear Duran Duran’s first two albums remastered by Steve in 24/96, his SFTBC stereo mix is outstanding.

I have NGD and OUAT 24/96 stereo PCM mixes and they are very good but both DVD-As change hands for £100

Paul English

7″ edits are essential.

Omar

A 2cd set for me would do.